David Gergen is the about last person
Washington looks to for outlandish, strident judgments about the
political scene. Especially about the dim son of his old boss and
great pal, George H. W. Bush.
now, appearing on CNBC, Mr. Conventional Wisdom Gergen had described
Dubya, with obvious shock and dismay, as a "radical"
right-winger who may well be operating under fanatic religious
delusions of grandeur.
GERGEN: But his act--his policies,
his actual governance... [...] is far--much farther to the right of
Reagan. It's--it--there--there's a radical conservatism that runs
through much of the Bush policy, whether it's tax cuts or
affirmative action or the environment or education or dismantling
The Great Society. It's--I think it's been a major surprise.
Later in the interview, Gergen
confirms the frightening possibility that Bush may truly believe that
he is God's anointed, fulfilling some crackpot fundamentalist
GERGEN: One of the interesting
questions that I don't think anybody knows the answer to is whether,
to--to--to some extent, he believes that--that providence intervened
in his life at an earlier stage and whether, somehow, providence is
now on the side of America and that he somehow may be an instrument
of providence that--par--part of what he's on [...] is a mission
that has so--some sort of theological roots.
Remember, folks, this isn't some
librul Democrat talking, let alone someone who likes to stir it up,
let alone some looney-tune like Cynthia McKinney.
This is bland old David Gergen, Mr. Conventional Wisdom.
Scared? You should be. Very scared.
Especially you, Howard "The Duck" Fineman. You -- and
the vast majority of the Washington press corps too, but you're so
special, Duck -- you should be saying your own prayers, but for a
David Gergen has announced what political insiders call a line
modification of the conventional wisdom. Dubya, according to the
new C.W. line, isn't a bold, decisive leader. He's a right-winger who
may also be certifiably nuts.
So, Duck: How long will YOU last with your slavish brownnosing of
Dubya, now that Mr. Conventional Wisdom has proclaimed the object of
your affection, the boss's boy, a "radical" and quite
possibly a religious fanatic? Has the tide suddenly turned, Duck?
Are you going to be caught where no Washington reporter ever wants to
be, way far away from the safe C.W.? Off to the fanatic
"radical" right? What's that you've holding, Duck?
A one-way ticket to Palookaville, writing filler copy for NewsMax?
Scared, Duck? You should be. Very scared